Android Auto will now provide real-time weather updates to users, enhancing the functionality of this infotainment platform for those driving with it in their vehicles. A notable addition is The Weather Channel app, which boasts over 100 million downloads on the Play Store, establishing itself as one of the world’s most popular online weather services. Google is now integrating it into Android Auto, enabling users to effectively navigate through varying weather conditions.
This app will offer timely alerts to users about unexpected weather changes, such as sudden rainstorms that might disrupt their journey. Android Auto drivers will also benefit from hourly weather forecasts, follow-me alerting, and a Trip View radar, all of which will help them stay informed about upcoming weather conditions.
Additionally, Google is introducing Zoom and WebEx By Cisco to Android Auto, allowing users to seamlessly join scheduled meetings while on the go. It’s important to note that these meetings will be audio-only to prevent distractions caused by video feeds for drivers.
Android Auto is also broadening its support for video streaming apps and is now compatible with Amazon Prime Video. Initially, this app is available for select Renault, Polestar, and Volvo Cars, with more brands expected to follow suit. Users can enjoy Prime Video content when their vehicles are stationary and parked.
Furthermore, Google is rolling out digital car key support in the United States, Canada, and Korea for specific Hyundai, Genesis, and Kia models. This feature, already accessible in various European countries, enables Android Auto users to unlock, lock, and start their vehicles using their smartphones. Drivers with compatible devices, such as Pixel and Samsung phones, can take full advantage of this convenient feature.